Donald Trump dismissed the whole Presidential HIV/AIDS advisory council

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: (L-R) Jackie Evancho performs the National Anthem as Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump watch on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Republican leader has been harshly criticised over his handling of HIV/AIDS issues, with activists warning that proposed cuts to healthcare, HIV prevention and international aid threaten to spark a new epidemic, but instead of chnginging the opinion of his own the POTUS just sacked the whole counsil. According to Newsweek, all members of the council were informed of their dismissal in a written form. The move comes after the quiet closure of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy as a part of presidential transition and has never opened again because Trump did not appoint a new director. Chicago-based HIV activist Scott A Schoettes, a former member of the council, laid into the decision. He tweeted: “Remaining #HIV/AIDS council members booted by @realDonaldTrump. No respect for their service. Dangerous that #Trump and Co. (Pence esp.) are eliminating few remaining people willing to push back against harmful policies, like abstinence-only sex ed.” 


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